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5.0 out of 5 stars Joyful celebration, not joyful materialism, 13 Nov. 1998
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This review is from: Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case for a More Joyful Christmas (Hardcover)
There's a lot in this little book. Christmas is a time of celebration. It is a time of giving. We must steal it back and "selfishly" give. Mr. McKibben just asks one thing. Try to only spend approximately $100 on gifts. There is nothing "cheap" about this. It's a simple monetary limit on tension, selfishness & joylessness. It proposes that we give of our most valuable commodity--time. Make things, take kids to a museum or on a nature walk and give that extra cash you have to charity or church as a gift. Food and time are two of the greatest and most appreciated gifts. A great quote: "Market capitalism, if it is as rational as its proponents always insist, cannot actually depend for its strength on the absurdly lavish celebration of the birth of a man who told us to give away everything that we have." How true. Thanks Bill. You speak for many who want a true Christmas of family love, joyfulness and spirit back.
p.s. He doesn't step on any toes--shop locally for presents if they are to be purchased he suggests. It keeps the local economy healthy and supports friends and family businesses that depend on Christmas for their income. Especially small bookstores where they know your face and maybe your name. Go pick up a copy now and make contact with a living human being. A true Christmas takes time--not money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a small little joy, 30 Nov. 1998
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This review is from: Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case for a More Joyful Christmas (Hardcover)
i pray that this book is not overlooked in the mad holiday shopping rush. that's exactly what it struggles against. to read mckibben's plan for a more peaceful and joyful holiday is like taking a warm bath--suddenly it all seems manageable again. my family and i will try to implement a variation of his plan (hundred dollar chanuka). i especially like the practical ideas, the how-to tips he gives for pulling it off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This should be required reading for EVERYBODY!!!, 18 Dec. 1998
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This is an excellent book. Whether or not they realize it, I think a lot of people feel the same way the author does. Reading this will make you feal like you have "permission" to do what you've always wanted to do with Christmas... less retail, malls, traffic and stress - more music, candles, food, family and love!
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Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case for a More Joyful Christmas by Bill McKibben (Hardcover - 4 Jan. 2000)
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